Modi hopes for a fruitful monsoon session

The government has finalised 35 items of business for the monsoon session, which included nine bills pending in Rajya Sabha and four pending in Lok Sabha, besides introduction of 11 new bill.


Shri Ramgopal Yadav of Samajvadi Party suggested collective efforts of the Government and the opposition to find a solution to the Land Bill issue by adopting a give and take approach.

Addressing the media ahead of the session, the prime minister said that an all party meeting was held in an excellent atmosphere on Monday. “Certain issues discussed in the last session need to be taken forward”, the Prime Minister said at the meeting.

Sensing the opposition heat awaiting his government in Parliament, Modi had on Friday acknowledged that there will be a “muqabla” (contest).

“Overall, we believe that the monsoon session will be tough, with persistent disruptions by major opposition parties“.

They are likely to move an adjournment motion on Wednesday on Vyapam and on Lalit Modi on Thursday.

He added that at yesterday’s all-party meeting, the overwhelming view of parties except Congress was that Parliament should function.

“The opposition, mainly the Congress, has been pushing for the resignation or sacking of foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s since a controversy erupted over their alleged help to former IPL chief Lalit Modi to get UK travel papers after his passport was revoked”.

“Let every issue be discussed in the Parliament under the Rules.

Modi will also meet NDA partners on Monday evening. BJP has devised a counter-offensive against Congress, which it hopes will also work in isolating Congress from the rest of the opposition parties to minimise the impact of a joint attack, specially in Rajya Sabha where the numbers are oddly stacked against the treasury benches.

Talking about Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s comments that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 56-inch chest will be reduced to 5.6 inches, Naidu said, it is really absurd and Congress should rather ponder why their number has come down to just 44 MPs.

Modi is keen to pass a long-pending national goods and services tax, which aims to replace a myriad of overlapping state duties that often deter investment, as well as a controversial bill that makes it easier for businesses to buy land.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday urged all political parties to participate in the functioning of the Monsoon Session of Parliament in an effective manner, saying there is no substitute to debate in a healthy democracy. Party leaders were also asked to aggressively “expose” Congress over its “disinformation campaign”.

It said unless Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje and Sushma Swaraj – facing various allegations, resign, Parliament would not be allowed to run.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said political deadlock over the land acquisition bill was “seriously impacting” rural development.

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